Superintendent’s Memo #086-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 6, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Nominations for the Standards of Learning (SOL) and the Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) Mathematics Assessments Alignment Review Committees

According to guidance issued by the United States Department of Education, states must conduct studies documenting the alignment of the assessments used to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act with the state content standards.  To meet this requirement for the new assessments based on the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL), the Virginia Department of Education is convening committees of Virginia educators to review the SOL assessments and the Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) assessments in mathematics to determine the degree of alignment between these assessments and the SOL content standards.  The Virginia Department of Education is seeking nominations for membership on the committees for the SOL mathematics tests for grades 3 through 5, grades 6 through 8, and end-of-course (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) and for the VMAST committees for grades 3 through 5, grades 6 and 7, and grade 8 and Algebra I.  Approximately twelve educators will be selected to serve on each of the six committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate one representative for each committee.

The Alignment Review Committee meetings will be conducted August 1-2, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Richmond Airport, Sandston, Virginia.  Committee members will be chosen according to the following criteria:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All individuals who wish to serve on the 2012 Mathematics Alignment Study committees, including those who have previously served on other committees, must submit an online application through the Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS).  The application will require a professional reference and division approval.  The procedure for submitting the online application is available at  Completed applications are due to the Virginia Department of Education by May 15, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 225-2102.